Paul Manafort and Rick Gates will stay under house arrest and Global Positioning System monitoring for the time being, a federal judge said Monday.
At a Monday hearing, Judge Amy Berman Jackson said she wouldn't make a decision on whether the two men could post bail until after she has a more complete picture of the two's financial situations.
During an interview on CNN Sunday, Bharara said he had no idea what evidence special counsel Robert Mueller had to back up charges of money laundering, tax evasion and conspiracy, but if convicted, Manafort would spend serious time behind bars.
That means the men remain at least for now on home confinement, a condition imposed last week following their indictment. The two have pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors cited the phone and multiple passports in saying that Manafort posed a risk of fleeing the USA after his October 27 indictment on charges that he and his right-hand man, Rick Gates, concealed their work as agents of Ukraine, laundered millions of dollars and hid offshore accounts. They have pleaded not guilty and were placed on home confinement with Global Positioning System monitoring.
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A federal judge ordered that he and business associate Rick Gates continue to be held under house arrest with their movements tracked by Global Positioning System, reports CNN. He would not be able to apply for a new passport (his three passports have been confiscated).
In the court filing, Manafort's lawyers estimated that real estate to be worth $8 million, meaning he would be on the hook for $12.5 million in assets if he violated his bail. They said Manafort traveled to China and elsewhere with a phone registered to an alias - his brother's name - because he wanted to maintain confidentiality while working as a political consultant to high-profile clients.
Prosecutors have described Manafort and Gates as potential flight risks given the seriousness of the charges against them, their personal wealth and the possibility of yearslong prison sentences. Manafort has also claimed his net worth is $28 million, but the prosecution is investigating that amount as well.
Manafort had one passport for travel and a second one "to submit with visa applications to certain foreign countries", according to his lawyers, Kevin Downing and Thomas Zehnle.